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Friday, 13 March 2015 11:57

GħTP 2015: Interview with Michela Dalli

On the 21st March 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a local music competition known to breathe life into the music industry, will be turning thirty-nine. Following the huge success of "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, with vocals provided by Karen DeBattista, a surge of interest was reported, as a record number of 105 submissions were received.

escflashmalta.com in partnership with the organising committee has been given the opportunity to have a chat with the sixteen competing acts, whilst also presenting an exclusive 30 second snippet of each respective entry in contention. Act number eight is Michela Dalli, and her entry is entitled "Charlie' L-Artist", penned by Rita Pace, to the music of Andrew Zahra.

In the public eye, you have been seen as an artist who does not shy away from a challenge, and as a result juggle the art of singing with acting. It is no mean feat, but thinking out loud, which do you view as your strong suit, and would you pick one over the other?  

Both give me great satisfaction and I can never ever choose between the two. Singing gives me the joy of expressing myself and acting gives me the pleasure of playing different roles. I will surely treasure past experiences, I have met so many talented people and my love for music and acting has grown thanks to these unforgettable opportunities. I would like to thank those who made and are still making my dreams come true.  

 “Charlie l-Artist”, composed by Andrew Zahra, with lyrics by Rita Attard is the song that you will be presenting in this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Would you care to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and the genre that the song encompasses? 

The lyrics are so meaningful and relate to France’s worst terrorist attack; The sad and tragic news of artist Charlie Hebdo and colleagues that was targetted by the French satircal weekly magazine. This sad news has definitely shocked the world. The song also focuses on how Satire effects others feelings, for some satire is like medicine, it either inspires, releases tension  and makes a person feel better or on the other hand it can really offend a person.


In 2015, L-Għanja tal-Poplu is turning thirty-nine (39), and during the years, it has earned a positive reputation, by virtue of breathing life into the music industry. It is no secret that the lyrics of each entry could cause controversy amongst the public. What is your view with regards to this statement, and do you believe that your entry challenges public perception? 

I believe that it is actually very important that lyrics in such a festival have to be controversial, different oppinions make songs even more interesting . My entry 'Charlie l-Artists' definitely causes controversy for the fact that many believe that there should be total freedom of expression in arts especially in a democratic country, others believe that there should be moderation and arts should not hurt others feelings, on the other hand there are those who take satire so seriously that have the courage to destroy other people's life!  But why would anybody actually kill somebody over mockery? 

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

I would like to thank all those who support local music and local talent. I urge all of you reading this to come and watch this festival, 'l-Ghanja tal-poplu' is surely one of the most prestigious festivals in Malta. I am sure all of the contestants are working hard.

Published in Local Music News